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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Jam Jar Sweet White 2019  Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet White 2019
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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    • Indaba Mosaic 2019  Front Label
      Indaba Mosaic 2019
      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Alheit Cartology 2017  Front Label
          Alheit Cartology 2017
          Other White Blends from South Africa
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        • Meerlust Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Meerlust Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Boschendal Brut Front Label
          Boschendal Brut
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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          • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
            Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from South Africa
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            • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
              Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
              Pinot Noir from South Africa
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              • De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018 Front Label
                  Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018
                  Rosé from South Africa
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                  • Capensis Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
                    Capensis Chardonnay 2016
                    Chardonnay from South Africa
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                  • Savage White Blend 2017  Front Label
                    Savage White Blend 2017
                    Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
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